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Rakahanga Atoll, part of the Cook Islands in the central-southern Pacific Ocean, is a paradise not yet spoilt by tourism and it is a long way from civilisation, being 1000 kilometres from Rarotonga]. The most recent claim to fame is that pearls can now be successfully grown in the lagoon. Previously the lagoon was inert. What does this mean for this tiny paradise? Twenty five miles south of Rakahanga is Manihiki, a sister island with a thriving pearl industry and a few millionaires to add. The pearl industry will most certainly bring employment for the locals as well as a viable economic base. Jump to: navigation, search A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Beaches make popular tourist resorts. ... Rarotonga Island from space, September 1994 A picture taken in Rarotonga. ... Inert is the state of doing little or nothing. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Jump to: navigation, search Nuclei from Toba Pearl Island, Japan A pearl is a hard, rounded object produced by certain mollusks, primarily oysters. ...

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Rakahanga Island (939 words)
Rakahanga atoll lies about 19 nautical miles from Manihiki, 4 miles west of north.
The small islet of Te Kainga was the site of the original village on Rakahanga, the other islets being used to grow a food supply.
When this islet was outgrown, the village was moved to the larger adjoining islet to the south.
Rakahanga at AllExperts (443 words)
Rakahanga, part of the Cook Islands in the central-southern Pacific Ocean,is one of the most unspoiled places on earth.
The atoll is 1,248 kilometres from the Cook Islands capital, Rarotonga and lies 1111 kilometres from the equator.
On the east these are: Akaro, Motu Ngangle, Huananul, Motu Mahuta and Motu Okakara; while on the southwest side the islet of Te Kainga guards the widest passage in to the lagoon.
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